Crime

Lacey man pleads not guilty to kidnapping, assault and harassment

A Lacey man accused of kidnapping and threatening a Thurston County Narcotics Task Force informant pleaded not guilty to four charges Tuesday in Thurston County Superior Court.

Frank K. Knoblock Jr., 38, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, felony harassment and intimidating a witness. He is being held in the Thurston County Jail in lieu of $70,000 bail.

The four charges stem from an April incident, according to court documents. Thurston County Narcotics Task Force detectives began investigating Knoblock after a confidential informant reported that she had been kidnapped and assaulted by him during a controlled methamphetamine buy. The informant said she had climbed into a car with Knoblock and a female suspect in an attempt to buy methamphetamine, and they drove off with her inside. They took her to a house.

The informant reported that Knoblock held a handgun to her head while he and a female suspect questioned her about an attempted controlled buy earlier in the month. Knoblock told the informant that if he found out she was a snitch, there would be a bullet with her name on it.

The female suspect then drove the informant to a grocery store near her home, according to court documents.

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